CLIA Welcomes Push for Alternate Canal after Venice Crash
Thursday 6th June 2019, 8:47am
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has welcomes statements made by the Mayor of Venice that demand an “urgent solution” to allow cruise vessels to enter via an alternative route to the city’s Guidecca Canal.
The comments come following last weekend’s incident which saw the MSC Opera crash into Uniworld’s River Countess while attempting to dock. CLIA Chairman, Adam Golstein commented “The cruise industry has worked diligently with the Mayor of Venice, the Veneto Region, the Port Authority and many others, to find viable solutions to allow larger cruise ships to access the Marittima berths without transiting the Guidecca Canal. We are in agreement with the solution developed by Comitatone in 2018 to utilise the Vittorio Emanuele Canal as the best and most prudent means to move larger cruise ships away from the Guidecca.”
The association, which has been in support of the rerouting “for a considerable time”, is urging all parties in Venice to reach a conclusion to start the preperation work to dredge the Vittoria Emmanuele Canal and begin rerouting larger ships. The number of cruise visitors to the city has declined since 2014, when a voluntary limit on ship size was placed on the canal.
Source: Cruise Weekly